Roast Squash Medley and more…

We had a great fun time at Bill’s reunion ~ sooo many “old” people there…

Las Vegas was a blast as usual, and Elton John was the best.  The photo below is the gargantuan project under construction, to open early 2014.   

To give a little perspective, the photo is taken from the 21st floor of the Flamingo, in the very middle of the strip, where the Ferris wheel is located.  It is to be the largest Ferris wheel in the world:  28 pods, holding 40 people, that’s over 1100 crazy brave people, floating over Las Vegas, 550 feet into the sky; taking anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour for a revolution; according to which story you read.

Holy moly!!!

Delicious food all over the place there, but here’s a delicious dish I made when we returned…

Vegetables ~ Roasted.
Butternut Squash.  Carrots.  Broccoli.
Maple Syrup.  Pecans.

The temperature is really falling here now, and there’s something about the cooler weather that makes a hearty healthy vegetable dish like this very appealing.

Maple syrup, squash and carrots were made for each other.  Broccoli adds great color and ups the nutritional value of the dish, with pecans adding a nutty crunch to the mix. 

This recipe is from the Chicago Tribune.  It’s colorful, healthy and delicious; maybe it just might make an appearance on our Thanksgiving table.  And, I’m wondering ~ a dash of cinnamon, perhaps…

Roast Squash Medley


2 pounds (about 1 large) butternut squash, peeled and cut into ¾-inch cubes
4 carrots, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks
1 pound broccoli florets
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1/3 cup toasted pecans, halved


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Toss together first 7 ingredients (up to syrup) in a large bowl.
Spread vegetables out on rimmed baking sheet (may need two pans).
Slide into oven and roast, stirring twice until broccoli is browned and all the vegetables are tender, about 40 minutes.
Pour maple syrup over vegetables, stir.
Roast 5 minutes more.
Scatter on nuts and toss.


Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind of Cooking for great tips and delicious easy recipes!


  1. You got to see Elton John? Vegas, here I come. Love your roasted squash Pam. So colorful with the broccoli and carrots.

  2. we missed you dear Pam! welcome again!
    This look absolutely good!!

  3. Pam,
    Lucky you to see Elton John. I'm sure that he was amazing.

    Your roast veggies look amazing, the colors are so vibrant and inviting.

  4. Glad you had such a great time:-)
    Recipe sounds wonderful..

  5. I could eat this entire platter for dinner. I especially love that it uses maple syrup as a natural sweetener. I'm sure this tastes delicious!

  6. Pam... This side dish sounds and looks great! We may make this for Thanksgiving dinner at our son and daughter-in-law's house this year. Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  7. So glad you enjoyed the reunion...and Elton John front row seats? Lucky you! I love the sound of your roasted veggies. I hope to try them with Brussels sprouts!

  8. That does look like it'd be a great Thanksgiving side! Oh... and no thanks on the roller coaster!!

  9. My perfect meal, my mouth is watering. Take care Diane

  10. Yes! A dash of Cinnamon and also a dash of Nutmeg. This is perfect for fall. Sounds like Vegas was FuN!

  11. Dear Pam, I love Elton John and he still sounds good!
    I am glad that you and Bill had a good time at the reunion. Though you would NEVER get me on that ferris wheel!!!
    The veggie dish sounds very good and healthy too.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  12. It sounds like a wonderful trip! And that picture of the Farris wheel was just beautiful! These vegetables look like a perfect dish to come home to though. Thank you for sharing them!

  13. This dish makes me want to do a dance! Some of my favorites and I'm sure that mixed is so tasty...
    Now, this is some good cooking!!

  14. Roasted squash always sounds good to me! SO glad you had had so much fun!


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